Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Spain coach Fernando Hierro warns players to take nothing for granted

Spain coach Fernando Hierro warns players to take nothing for granted

But Iran will be boosted by their 1-0 triumph over Morocco on matchday one, a win which has seen them top Group B.

Spain started the second half more offensively and created some scoring chances and finally found the back of the net eight minutes into the second half.

55' - GOAL! Iran 0-1 Spain (Costa) Silva drives at the Iran defence and feeds Costa who, back to goal, swivels with the ball as Ramin comes in, deflects the ball back against Costa and the ball shoots past Beiranvand!

Carlos Queiroz's team fashioned chances of their own, and came close through Madhi Taremi who put a powerful header over when well placed just 10 minutes from time.

Spain are level with Portugal on four points in Group B and face Morocco in their final group fixture on Monday.

Costa scored in the 54th minute after being set up by Andres Iniesta.

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"Everybody knows that Spain is one of the greatest teams in football history, and one thing that we can guarantee is that the Spanish team will not have an easy time against us", he told reporters.

But he was ruled off-side by the VAR, prompting howls of derision from white-clad Iranian fans.

The Spanish had most of the possession throughout the match but were left frustrated as Iran defended deep, keeping men behind the ball whenever Spain attacked. Both the team look to have arrived in their best form for tonight.

Carlos Queiroz's charges were doing well in stifling Spain of spaces in their defensive third, although they were living dangerously. La Roja showed plenty of class in the game, keeping the ball well, however, mistakes in conceding the early penalty and the goalkeeping error from the usually solid David de Gea blotted an impressive performance.

It was far from a lovely win, but the goal was enough to make Spain coach Fernando Hierro smile. He also has nine goals in his last nine starts for Spain.

It promises to be an interesting game as Iran and Spain meet for the first ever time.

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